SATURDAY DGCA separates base fare and service charge, paving the way for concessions to travellers checking in without baggage 27 FEBRUARY, 2021 epaper.morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard 7-KG twitter.com/TheMornStandard weight ceiling on cabin bags you can carry IN THE NEWS T O D AY LINKED TO PRICE CAPPING ORDER INDIA Breakfast plan off NEW DELHI J8.00 Indian economy snaps out of technical recession EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi WITH the economy finally coming out of technical recession, growing marginally at 0.4 per cent in the third quarter of 2020-21, the government on Friday said it expected the GDP to contract by 8 per cent for the whole financial year. “Real GDP growth of 0.4% in Q3 of 2020-21 has returned the economy to the pre-pandemic times of positive growth rates. It is also a reflection of a further strengthening of Vshaped recovery read ,” a finance ministry statement. However, in its second advance estimates, the National Statistical Office (NSO) has projected 8% contraction in 2020-21, up from 7.7% predicted on its earlier forecast in January . Experts claimed that while the growth remained flat, the real recovery will be visible in the final quarter. “My understanding is that the real push will come in the Q4 2021, because lockdowns on Surat: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal on Friday led a road show in Surat following the party’s impressive foray in the civic polls, and made it clear that his sights were now set on the 2022 Gujarat Assembly polls. The Delhi Chief Minister led a 10 km-long road show to thank the voters for electing 27 AAP candidates. Supporters wearing AAP’s signature caps turned up in large numbers to greet Kejriwal who stood on a specially designed truck with AAP’s Gujarat unit chief Gopal Italia. P4 EASE INDIA, CHINA DECIDE TO ESTABLISH HOTLINE External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, during a phone call, decided to establish a hotline to ensure timely communication in the wake of tensions along the LAC | P7 Paris: Residents of Nice in the French Riviera will be denied their strolls along the beach on a sunny weekend, under a temporary local lockdown imposed to curb soaring Covid19 infections. Starting on Friday evening, Nice and the surrounding coastal area are under weekend lockdowns for at least two weeks, in addition to a national 6 pm to 6 am curfew. The northern port of Dunkirk is under similar restrictions. Help for Nepal Kathmandu: India on Friday pledged `53 crore for reconstruction of 25 health posts in central Nepal that were destroyed during the April 2015 earthquake which saw over 9,000 deaths. Officials at the Indian Embassy, Kathmandu, and Nepal National Reconstruction Authority signed four agreements for reconstruction of the 25 health posts in Dhading and Sindhupalchowk districts. These will have outpatient departments and other facilities. ASSAM Three phases TAMIL NADU, PUDUCHERRY, KERALA April 6 COUNTING, RESULTS May 2 SEATS UP FOR GRABS West Bengal 294 Kerala 140 Assam 126 Puducherry 30 Tamil Nadu 234 Vax for poll duty Everybody on election duty will receive Covid19 vaccines on a priority basis, the ECI said. The Model Code of Conduct comes into play from the moment the poll schedule is announced. Uttar Pradesh ranks 2nd in GSDP, logs `19.5 lakh cr Earlier, base fare was bundled with services like preferential seating, meal or drink charges (except water), access to lounge, check-in baggage, sports equipment and music instrument charges, and valuable baggage fee. With its Friday’s notification, the DGCA has unbundled base fare and service charges. Now, fliers will get to pay for only those services they opt for FLY CHEAP, IF YOU DON’T HAVE CHECK-IN BAGS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi THERE is good news for air passengers. Those with no check-in luggage will get concessions on fares. In a bid to make flying more affordable, airlines have been directed to provide these concessions. According to cur rent rules, passengers are permitted to carry up to 7 kilograms of cabin baggage and 15 kilograms of check-in baggage. The new circular will allow airline operators to provide tickets at lesser prices to those who opt to travel with no baggage or only with cabin baggage within the permissible weight limit. Aviation regulator DGCA has pointed out that if a passenger with a discount ticket turns up with baggage, he/ she will be charged as applicable. It added that these charges should be reasonable and prominently displayed to the passenger when booking the ticket. “As part of airline baggage policy, scheduled airlines will be allowed to offer free baggage allowance as well as zero baggage/no check-in baggage fares. This will be subject to the condition that the passenger booking ticket under such fare scheme is made aware of the charges that shall be applicable if the passenger turns up with baggage for checkin at the airline counter,” said the aviation regulator. Moreover, DGCA has allowed unbundling of other services like preferential seating, meal-snack-drink, sports equipment and musical instrument charge, airline lounges and so on. “Many times, these services may not be required. Considering that unbundling of services and charges has the potential to make basic fare more affordable and provide consumers an option of paying for the services which s/he wishes to avail, it has been decided to allow these services to be charged separately on an opt-in basis,” DGCA added. Rates will be decided by the airlines. The development has come amid the central government’s decision to increase domestic airfare limits by 10-30 per cent. WORRY AS N0S HEADING NORTH EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE CASES POSITIVITY RATE @ New Delhi COVID-19 cases in the capital are once again witnessing a surge. In the last three days, the city’s infection count has increased by 100 patients. On Friday, Delhi recorded 256 new cases, the highest number of single-day incidents in February according to data shared by , the city health department. The positivity rate of Covid-19 infection has risen to 0.41 per cent. This is the third successive day when daily cases have reached 200 or gone over that mark. On Thursday, 220 cases were registered. On Wednesday this count stood at , 200. On all preceding days, from February 1-23, the count of daily cases was below 200. Doctors warned on Friday that the numbers could go up in the coming months and urged people to continue to wear masks and follow Covid-19 safety norms. There were 62,768 samples collected, of which 41, 775 were through the RT-PCR method and the rest from rapid antigen tests. Delhi had recorded 94 fresh Covid-19 cases on February 16, the lowest in over nine months. On January 27, this figure was 96, the first time the daily cases had come down to under 100. One more death was recorded in Friday’s health bulletin that pushed the fatality tally to 10,906. In February the city saw , no patient succumbing to the virus for three days, as per the government bulletin. No Covid19-related death was recorded in Delhi on February 17, the third time that the daily fatality count read zero this month. On February 9, too, no fatality was registered, for the first time after nearly nine months. No death from Covid-19 was recorded on February 13 as well. Currently the tally of active , cases stands at 1,231 of which 574 are in home isolation. On the other hand, over 3.6 lakh beneficiaries have received vaccines in Delhi since the start of the inoculation drive. More than 18,900 people received the jabs on Thursday . AGAINST ODDS A wheelchair ride to success for this Kashmiri girl N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow AMID the pandemic-driven slowdown, Uttar Pradesh has posted impressive economic figures. It is the second largest state in the country to log `19.48 lakh-crore Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), surpassing Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. The finance department data shows that the state’s GSDP in 2020-2021 crossed $268 billion mark, notching up three ranks to figure at Number 2 position, up from number 5 in 2019-2020. While Maharashtra continued to lead the tally, UP was followed by Tamil Nadu with GSDP of `19.2 lakh crore, Karnataka (`18.03 lakh crore) and Gujarat (`17.4 lakh crore). Tamil Nadu was second and Gujarat third last fiscal while Karnataka was at the fourth slot. The increase in UP’s GSDP, given a severely jolted economy in the first two quarters of the last fiscal in the wake of the lockdown, reflects a revival. As per experts, the upsurge is an indicator to the resilience being shown by non-agriculture activities in the state which hugely banks on agriculture to sustain its economy In the ease of doing business, UP clinched . the second position and in distribution of Kisan Samman Nidhi, it was adjudged the best performing state. PAY ONLY FOR THE SERVICES YOU REQUIRE Capital Covid cases see fresh surge, doctors urge people to follow norms 256 March 27, April 1, 6, 10, 17, 22, 26, 29 THE onset of summer will be coinciding with soaring political temperatures in the country as four states and a Union Territory will see electoral heat and dust generated in March-end and April. The Election Commission of India announced the schedule for Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry in the south and West Bengal and Assam in the east, sounding the bugle for the battle for states. Assembly elections in Bengal will be chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s biggest test yet in the face of a saffron onslaught, while Assam will see the ruling BJP face a challenge from a plethora of coalitions. Among the two southern states, Congress nurtures hope of retuning to power in Kerala. In Tamil Nadu, two national parties will be riding piggyback on the local players — Congress on the DMK and BJP on the ruling AIADMK. Puducherry is heading for an interesting fight amid defections from the Congress to the BJP, leading to President’s Rule. The BJP under the leadership of , JP Nadda, will seek to assert its status as a pan-India political party as it hopes to reap political dividends of the Citizenship Amendment Act in Assam and Bengal. Banking heavily on turncoats from the Trinamool, the saffron party is hoping to build on the massive gains it had made in Bengal in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, bagging 18 seats and over 40 per cent vote share. In Assam, the party in alliance with regional play, ers, will seek to outsmart the Opposition, while the Congress-AIUDF combine will make a determined bid to consolidate minority votes. In Kerala, the saffron party which , had polled about 15 per cent votes in 2016, will make a pitch to establish itself as the third force. To find a foothold in Tamil Nadu, the party is experimenting with caste equations by promoting Dalit and OBC faces, besides embracing state icons like MGR and Kamraj. Congress, which is grappling with leadership issue and infighting, has grim chances in Bengal, where it’s contesting in alliance with the Left, but is looking at making some gains in Assam. The party’s main focus, however, is on Kerala, where LDF and the UDF have ruled alternately for several decades. But the Left Front’s performance the recent local body polls is a cause of worry for the Congress-led UDF. While Congress welcomed the announcement and said people will give a befitting reply to the BJP for its “anti-people” policies, Mamata, while lashing out at eight-phase polls in Bengal, said “it doesn’t matter in how many phases the elections will be held”. Her party was all P8 geared up to “win the game”. 200 220 Eight phases @ New Delhi/Kolkata/Guwahati FEB 26 0.41% INTERNATIONAL Lockdown in France WEST BENGAL EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE FEB 25 0.34% March 27, April 1, 6 SCHEDULE Police and the military have begun joint operations to rescue the girls who were taken by unidentified men from a boarding school in Jangebe town of the west African country | P9 FEB 24 0.36% Student missing West Bengal Assembly polls in eight phases, BJP gets ready to capture fresh territory as opposition parties gear up for survival GUNMEN TAKE AWAY 317 GIRLS IN NIGERIA FEB 23 0.25% Election heat set to send summer mercury soaring ABDUCT FEB 22 0.30% Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora with Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar in New Delhi | PTI Geneva: UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Friday expressed hope that the dialogue efforts between the government and protesting farmers will lead to an “equitable solution” to the “crisis” that respects the rights of all. Bachelet criticised the action taken against journalists and activists covering the protests and efforts to curb freedom of expression on social media. Responding to her statement, India’s Permanent Representative Indra Mani Pandey said the government “has shown utmost respect for protests by farmers and remained engaged in dialogue to address their concerns”. Aligarh: A team of the local police has been sent to New Delhi to trace the Aligarh Muslim University student who had gone missing from his hostel, a police official said on Friday. Ashraf Ali, an undergraduate student, had gone missing on Tuesday, he added. AMU Proctor Wasim Khan said the missing student’s roommates told them that he had friendship with a girl from Delhi and was in her regular touch over the phone. He had gone to the nearby Shamshad market the day he went missing. Khan said on Wednesday morning, the student’s phone was switched on for a few seconds and police tracking systems confirmed that it was in Delhi. many sectors, particularly hospitality and travel, eased substantially during this quarter. It is hoped that it remains that way, given the uptick in Covid-19 cases in some pockets and in some states,” said Sanjay Kumar, partner, Deloitte India. Meanwhile, the output of eight core sectors returned to positive territory growing mar, ginally by 0.1% in January P10 . 152 145 128 145 ‘Equitable solution’ In January, air travel turned costlier after the fare price bands were hiked by 10%30%. It was described as a temporary move PAGES 12 FEB 21 0.23% AAP’s Gujarat show A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS FEB 20 0.24% New Delhi: An ambitious plan to introduce breakfast as an extension of the mid-day meal for students in classes 1-8 in government schools across India from the next academic session is set to be delayed by several months due to scarcity of funds. The Union Ministry of Education had estimated it would cost about `4,000 crore to the Centre, apart from states’ share, to introduce breakfast for nearly 12 crore primary and upper primary students. Lack of funds has pushed the initiative on the backburner, sources said. P7 FARE REWARD FOR DOMESTIC FLIERS TRAVELLING LIGHT F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar Tabia Iqbal has been suffering hearing and speech impairment since birth | EXPRESS Hardship of lockdown Owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, schools in Kashmir valley remained closed and students had to access the online classes through the throttled 2G internet A wheelchair-bound hearing and speech impaired girl from Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir made her parents proud by securing 90.4 per cent marks in the Class 10 exam, the results of which were declared on Friday . Tabia Iqbal belongs to Shangus in Nowgam area of Anantnag. She secured 452 out of 500 marks. Tabia’s father Mohammad Iqbal told this newspaper that his daughter suffered the impairment since birth and due to some orthopedic problem at age 3, she was confined to the wheelchair. He said since Tabia understands only the lip movement, she could not get normal schooling. “We admitted her to a pri- vate school and the principal observed her interest in studies. The teachers would visit our home and teach her here,” he said. “They would repeat the topic many times over so that she memorised them. The teachers have helped her a lot and it is their efforts and Tabia’s hard work that has paid off,” Iqbal said. Elated at his daughter’s spectacular performance, the overjoyed father said, “She has defied all odds through her stunning performance. Despite being specially-abled, she has made us proud.” Iqbal, who recently retired from government service, said he took Tabia to various hospitals within and outside Kashmir for treatment, but to no avail. A total of 75,312 students, including 38,340 boys and 36,792 girls, appeared in the exams. Of them 75 per cent (56,384) passed with an overall percentage of boys 74.04 per cent and girls 76.09 per cent. Owing to the lockdown, schools in Kashmir remained closed and students had to access the online classes through the throttled 2G internet. GN Var, president of Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir, said students in the Valley had been hit hard by the situation prevailing for the last so many years, but they never let go of their dream of scoring good mark.
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